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Friday, July 24, 2015

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events July 25 to 31


Here are events scheduled Saturday, July 25, to Friday, July 31.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!


  • Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Read to the Rhythm summer reading program include the following (and much more):
    • For everyone: Enjoy an old-fashioned sing-a-long Saturday, July 25, from 3 to 4:45 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Songs will include Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Pirate's Life for Me, High Hopes, Swinging on a Star, Happy and some old favorites. Song sheets and kazoos will be provided. 
    • For children: Have fun playing percussion instruments and making music Thursday, July 30, at 10 a.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.
    • For adults: Pasadena's own premier blues guitarist, Brother Yusef, will sing and play Thursday, July 30, at 3 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library.
    • Download the summer newsletter for the full schedule. 

Tlen-Huicani will perform songs of Latin America Saturday, July 25, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Movies in the Park presents The Goonies (1985, PG) starring Sean Astin and Corey Feldman Saturday, July 25, at 8 p.m. at Victory Park. To save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits sets out to find a pirate's ancient treasure. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Field of Dreams (1989, PG) starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones Saturday, July 25, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. An Iowa corn farmer interprets voices he hears as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields. Come as early as 7 p.m. for DJ music and food trucks, or bring a picnic.


The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Pitch Perfect (2012, PG-13) starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson Saturday, July 25, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. A university freshman is cajoled into joining The Bellas, an all-female singing group that takes on their male rivals in a campus competition.


The Playhouse District's Summer Jazz Series presents Tony Inzalaco Sunday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vroman's courtyard.


Donald Harrison will perform jazz Sunday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

The Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra will perform a program titled From Bach to The Beatles Tuesday, July 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the band shell at Memorial Park. Sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center, all ages are welcome to attend. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Captains Courageous (1937, NR) starring Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, July 29, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A rich, spoiled brat who falls overboard on an ocean liner is picked up by a fishing boat and must adapt to the ways of the captain and crew and learn about the real world.

Meet and greet Pasadena police officers, detectives and volunteers Wednesday, July 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Grant Park, discuss issues, enjoy some refreshments, register your bike and much more. 


The Bob Baker Marionettes will perform for children (and everyone) Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Movies in the Park presents Big Hero 6 (2014, PG) with the voice talents of Ryan Potter and Scott Adsit Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m. at Robinson Park. An inflatable robot and his prodigy team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic.


Movies in the Park presents The Lego Movie (2014 PG) with the voice talents of Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m. at Villa-Parke. An ordinary Lego construction worker is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic.

Movies in the Park presents Paddington (2014, PG) starring Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m. at Victory Park. A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home and finds himself lost and alone at Paddington Station where he meets a kind family that offers him a temporary haven. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic.


The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Sixteen Candles (1984, PG) starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall Friday, July 31, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. A girl's sweet sixteen birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.


The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Tea with Mussolini (1999, PG) starring Cher and Judi Dench Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m. at Distant Lands. British lady expats in Florence, Italy, at the brink of World War II are kept out of harm's way by a young outcast boy and a brazen American woman.


Caroline Aiken will perform contemporary folk music Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.



Photo credits: Tlen-Huicani, Open Heaven, Brownstone Productions, The Arizona Republic, IMDB, Bob Baker Marionettes, Walt Disney Pictures, StudioCanal, Warner Bros., Vinnieh, Bold Spicy News,

Friday, July 17, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events July 18 to 24



Here are events scheduled Saturday, July 18, to Friday, July 24.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!  

The feature-length documentary Bungalow Heaven: Preserving a Neighborhood will be screened Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. The film takes viewers through the historic neighborhood and inside homes, hears from residents and reveals the hard-fought struggle to preserve the past for the future.


The Hahamongna Walkabout Saturday, July 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. will feature programs that are working to restore and enhance the area as a unique natural treasure with a living river flowing through it.

Movies in the Park presents Brave (2012, PG) with the voice talents of Kelly Macdonald and Billy Connolly Saturday, July 18, at 8 p.m. at Washington Park. Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida must rely on her bravery and archery skills to undo a beastly curse.Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Mariachi Divas will perform Saturday, July 18, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Juno (2007, PG-13) starring Ellen Paige and Jason Bateman Saturday, July 18, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, NR) starring Richard Carlson and Julie Adams Saturday, July 18, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. Scientists try to capture a strange prehistoric beast lurking in the depths of the Amazon jungle so they can bring it back to civilization for study. Come as early as 7 p.m. for DJ music and food trucks, or bring a picnic.

Sy Berger, Glenn Burke and Steve Bilko will be inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals during a special ceremony Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.

Open Hands will perform jazz Sunday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom (1992, PG) starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice Sunday, July 19, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. Come as early as 7 p.m. for DJ music and food trucks, or bring a picnic.

The Susie Hansen Latin Band will perform jazz and Salsa Tuesday, July 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the band shell at Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the BBQ snack bar. Sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center, the concert is open to people of all ages.

Movies in the Park presents Back to the Future (1985, PG) starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd Tuesday, July 21, at 8 p.m. at La Pintoresca Park. A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his scientist friend and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite to save his own existence. 

Honor the courage, determination and joy of Special Olympics athletes worldwide Wednesday, July 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall. Officers with the Pasadena Police Department and an international team of law enforcement personnel will carry the Special Olympics Torch from Fair Oaks Avenue at Holly Street to the steps of City Hall. The John Muir High School Drum Corps and Pasadena LEARNS dance teams will provide entertainment.

Guitarist Taro Wayama and violinist David Lee Ruest will perform Wednesday, July 22, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

The Rescuers (1977, G) with the voice talents of  Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, July 22, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Two mice with the Rescue Aid Society search for a little girl kidnapped by unscrupulous treasure hunters.

The Party Animals will perform for children (and everyone) Thursday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents the Scottish film The Angels' Share (2012) starring Paul Brannigan and John Henshaw Thursday, July 23, at 8:30 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Narrowly avoiding jail, a new dad visits a whisky distillery, which inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives. Winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. A $45 whisky tasting will be offered pre-screening.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents The Long, Long Trailer (1953) starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Friday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at Distant Lands. After a couple is hitched, they spend their honeymoon in a travel trailer and nearly destroy their new marriage as comic disaster ensues.

 
Nina Diaz will perform rock Friday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Movies in the Park presents Strange Magic (2015, PG) with the voice talents of Evan Rachel Wood and Elijah Kelly Friday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at Villa Parke. Goblins, elves, fairies and imps experience misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents the Academy Award-winning film To Kill a Mockingbird starring Gregory Peck and Brock Peters Friday, July 24, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. An attorney and widowed father in the Depression-era South defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge.



Photo credits: Team Play Events, Land of Whimsy, SciFi Movies, Sports Collectors Daily, Uptown Almanac, Baseball Hall of Fame, Qpac, Susie Hansen Latin Band, Spacious Vision Song Project, rickfle, John Disney's Movie Year, The Party Animals, The Guardian, City of Monterey, Fanpop, Open Hands, 5 Minutes for Mom, CNN,Washington State University, Siempre San Antonio.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events July 11 to 17

With apologies that I don't have access to my laptop and only have my tablet at my disposal...

...and all the limitations that entails...

...including can't seem to load photos and there are formatting issues galore...

...which caused me to be really late posting this...


Here are events scheduled Saturday, July 11, to Friday, July 17.

All events are free, so take a look. And don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

  • Frankie Avalon will perform all his iconic hits and more Saturday, July 11, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.
  • The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Paper Moon (1973, PG) starring Ryan O'Neal and Tatum O'Neal Saturday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. When a con artist is unexpectedly saddled with a nine-year-old relative, he teaches her the tricks of the trade. Come as early as 7 p.m. for DJ music and food trucks, or bring a picnic.
  • The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Romeo + Juliet (1996, PG-13) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes Saturday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. The adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy is updated to modern times in Verona Beach.
  • The second Sunday of every month is free admission day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy traditional songs and dances of Nepal in the courtyard, entry to all of the galleries and everything else the museum has to offer.
  • The Summer Jazz Series in the Playhouse District kicks off with Grey Beret's smooth jazz Sunday, July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vroman's courtyard.
  • Bobby Rodriguez will perform Latin jazz Sunday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.
  • The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents The Witches (1990, PG) starring Angelica Huston and Mai Zetterling Sunday, July 12, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. A young boy stumbles on a witch convention and must stop them, even after after he has been turned into a mouse. Come as early as 7 p.m. for DJ music and food trucks, or bring a picnic.
  • Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Read to the Rhythm summer reading program this week include the following (and much more):
    • For adults: Channel your creative spirit as you explore working with pastels Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 14, 15 and 16, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Central Library.
    • For teens: Ever thought about juggling cheeseburgers? Umbrellas? Balancing a wheelbarrow? Witness crazy juggling and comedy by Michael Rayner Tuesday, July 14, at 3:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library.
    • For children: Sing songs, listen to stories and play instruments while journeying on the Music Boat Thursday, July 16, at 10 a.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.
    • Download the summer newsletter for the full schedule.  

  • After sailing across the solar system for more than nine years, NASA's New Horizons unmanned spacecraft will finally have its close encounter with Pluto. Gather with others to hear the news from the spacecraft as it approaches the icy dwarf planet Tuesday, July 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Crawford Family Forum at Southern California Public Radio. The Planetary Society's Matt Kaplan will talk with New Horizons scientists, Pluto watchers and Planetary Society brass, and there will be a live webcast with other experts.
  • The all-female Mariachi Bella, dressed in traditional costumes, will perform a mix of iconic and new mariachi music Tuesday, July 14, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. 

  • The Little Mermaid (1989, G) with the voice talents of Jodi Benson and Patt Carroll will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, July 15, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Ariel, a mermaid princess, makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea witch so she can meet a human prince on land.
  • Members of the repertory company at A Noise Within will present a reading of Ronald Harwood's The Dresser Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. The gay personal assistant of a deteriorating actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear. RSVPs are required: 626-356-3100.
  • The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is free admission night at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, July 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the exhibitions Someday is Now: The Art of Corita KentAlexandra Grant and Steve Roden: These Carnations Defy Language; and everything else the museum has to offer.
  • The Funky Punks will perform for children (and everyone) Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.
  • Showboat (1951, NR) starring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson will be shown on the big screen Friday, July 17, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.
  • This month marks the 50th anniversary of Mariner 4, NASA's first unmanned spacecraft to fly to Mars. Scientists were surprised by what the first images revealed, a theme that has continued through a half century of exploring the red planet. The documentary film The Changing Face of Mars will be shown on the big screen Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. in the Vosloh Forum (building UU on this map) at Pasadena City College with introductory remarks by JPL's Blaine Baggett.
  • The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents A Room with a View (1985, NR) starring Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m. at Distant Lands. A young woman in the restrictive and repressed culture of Edwardian-era England falls in love with a free-spirited young man.
  • Movies in Park presents Paddington (2014, PG) with the voice talents of Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m. at Villa Parke. A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home and finds himself lost and alone at Paddington Station where he meets a kind family that offers him a temporary haven. Bring a blanket or something else to sit on and feel free to bring a picnic.
  • Movies in the Park presents Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012, PG) starring Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m. at Robinson Park. School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer when all his plans go wrong.
  • The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents Galaxy Quest (1999, PG) starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver Friday, July 17, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. The alumni cast of a space opera television series must play their roles for real when an alien race needs their help.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events June 27 to July 3


Here are events scheduled Saturday, June 27, to Friday, July 3.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena! 

The Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra will perform Mozart, Kreisler, Bruch and Schumann Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Urban meets highbrow when Black Violin performs a groundbreaking blend of contemporary and classical music Saturday, June 27, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. 

 
Everyone is invited to the Pasadena Museum of History for Happy Birthday Pasadena: Forward Motion! on Sunday, June 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. View fascinating cars, bicycles and other vehicles that were innovative for their time, explore the exhibitions When Johnny Came Marching West: How the Civil War Shaped Pasadena and Thaddeus Lowe: Chief Aeronaut of the Union Army, enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, crafts workshops and children's activities and have a piece of birthday cake (Mayor Tornek will cut the first piece) to mark the 129th year since Pasadena's incorporation as a city.

Legendary jazz singer Barbara Morrison will perform Sunday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Science humorist Dave Zobel will host a multimedia presentation about the popular CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory Monday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. You do not have to be a member to attend.

The Pasadena Master Chorale will present the world premiere of Earth Speaks by composer in residence Reena Esmail Monday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church. 

Free Adoption Day at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is   Tuesday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adoption fees will be waived for all available animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, pocket pets and reptiles.

Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks will perform lively dance routines and Vaudeville-style comedy in clever costumes Tuesday, June 30, at 6 p.m. in the band shell at Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Internationally acclaimed classical pianist Michael Sellers will perform Wednesday, July 1, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

The classic Disney film Johnny Tremain (1957, NR) starring Hal Stalmaster and Luana Patten will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, July 1, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Based on the popular children's book by Esther Hopkins Forbes, 14-year-old Johnny is drawn into the American Revolution and learns about life and himself along the way.

Join in the International Olympic Day celebration Wednesday, July 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Crawford Family Forum at Southern California Public Radio. A number of Olympic medalists will speak. Although the event is free, reservations are required.

Rhythm Child will perform interactive reggae, rock and soul for children (and everyone) Thursday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art is free the first Friday (and third Thursday) of every month. On Friday, July 3, from noon to 5 p.m. see the exhibitions "Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent" and "Alexandra Grant and Steve Roden: These Carnations Defy Language" as well as ongoing exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

Into the Woods (2014, PG) starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp will be shown on the big screen Friday, July 3, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. You do not have to be a member to attend. A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse a curse put on their family tree.

The first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. is Free Admission Night at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, July 3, enjoy the current exhibition "Human/Nature: Photographers Constructing the Natural World" and everything else the museum has to offer.  

Take a tour of the Tournament House any Thursday at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. through Aug. 27. Owned by the City of Pasadena, the former Wrigley Estate is home to the Tournament of Roses Association. A docent will lead you through the 18,500-square-foot Italian Renaissance mansion built in 1906. In addition to 21 magnificent rooms, you'll see displays related to Rose Bowl Games, Rose Queens and their Courts and plenty of historic memorabilia from football trophies to tiaras. Then visit the adjacent Wrigley Gardens with 1,500 varieties of roses. 


SAVE THE DATES!
Movies in Parks begin Tuesday, July 7
The Old Pasadena Film Festival begins Thursday, July 9.



Photo credits: Dave Zobel, Pasadena Master Chorale, Gannett Company, Kossen Talent, Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks, Michael Sellers, Walt Disney Productions, International Olympic Committee, Rhythm Child, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Langley Filmbox, Pasadena Museum of History, Norton Simon Museum, Tournament of Roses Association.